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    1tb hdd suggestions

    Hi, im looking for a reasonable priced reliable hdd as i cant seem to find the samsung F1 1tb hdd i use and was wondering what model replaced it and if its faster?

    Main usage is for storing media content in it. cheers in advance

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    Re: 1tb hdd suggestions

    5400 rpm Samsung: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1TB-S...ache-89-ms-NCQ

    7200 rpm Samsung: http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1TB-S...-89-ms-NCQ-OEM

    The F1 has gone now, based on 320GB platters whereas the new Samsung drives are based on 500GB platters. As you can see by the server in my sig, I'm fairly keen on their drives

    Either would do perfectly - if it's just media, you're better off with the slower one since it's lower power and lower heat, if you're installing files on it that you need rapid access to, like software or an OS, then go for the 7200rpm.

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    Re: 1tb hdd suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by snootyjim View Post
    I'm fairly keen on their drives
    Snootyjim, what's your experience with the failure rate of samsung drives ? did you have any which became faulty, including the appearance of bad sectors? if so what's your stat roughly?

    I'm asking because I have built many many systems in the last 8 years and I can't think of a samsung drive which did not became faulty.

    on your question, I favour WD drives above anything especially after the hassle and dissappointment what other brands provided me. In terms of reliability I did not have a single failed WD drive except one which was dropped during the delivery process. For storage purposes I always use one from the WD Green product line.

    anyway, thanks for your input in advance
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    Re: 1tb hdd suggestions

    Zero faulty drives, apart from one DOA from Scan a very long time ago. There was also a DOA laptop drive in the same package, so I suspect it took a battering from City-Link. As for faulty sectors, I don't know specifically, but I've only had one corrupted file in all the time I've been using them - it was backed up, so no big deal.

    I've owned seven F1s, one F2 and two F3s.

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    Re: 1tb hdd suggestions

    thanks a lot

    it seems I might have been just unlucky with samsung drives then

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    Re: 1tb hdd suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by ehhhhhhh View Post
    thanks a lot

    it seems I might have been just unlucky with samsung drives then
    iirc older (pre F1) samsung drives were known for their failure rate

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    Re: 1tb hdd suggestions

    The F1 got a pretty bad reputation online as well to be honest.

    I think the problem was that they were the cheapest drives on the market, so loads of people bought them.

    Then, a very small percentage of them failed and people reported it online. But since so many had been sold, that percentage equated to a large number - and people misinterpreted it as meaning that a high percentage had failed.

    Basically, 1% of 100,000 is bigger than 1% of 1,000 so it looked pretty bad if you judged by forums and so on. The reality of it wasn't quite the same though.

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    Re: 1tb hdd suggestions

    I have a Samsung F3 1TB, so far its given me no problems plus its quite nippy.

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    Re: 1tb hdd suggestions

    Western Digital for the win.

    Lower failure rate than sammy, as fast in real life in all my experiences.

    You want slow and sligtly lower power use:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1TB-W...64MB-Cache-8ms

    you want slightly faster
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1TB-W...rpm-32MB-Cache

    and because I have a bee in my bonnet about Hitachi now being as good as anyone else and better than most...

    I have two of these:
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1TB-H...Cache-8-ms-NCQ

    Fast, very quiet, and I've had no grief at all

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    Re: 1tb hdd suggestions

    Too late guys i already bought, installed and formated my new samsung 1tb hdd. i now have 3 of these(two are f1's) and none of them have failed on me. i also have two seagate pata hdd's, 1 sata seagate hdd and one western digital PATA all going strong.

    Ironicaly my first failed hdd is a western digital one. I think some people have seen my thread about it already.

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    Re: 1tb hdd suggestions

    Need to be a tad careful with teh new WD EARS drives that use the advanced format (4096B sectors instead of the conventional 512B. No problem with Vista or Win7, but XP needs a jumper or a sector re-alignment using the WD software tool. I went to use one as a replacement for an EADS drive in a mdadm RAID 1 setup - and it just wouldn't sync. Fortunately Novatech took them back (I had two - one was unopened) without a quibble. I could probably have got it working with a bit of tweaking of the partition table, but as this was an array rebuild, with live data, I didn't feel like risking it (although it had been backed up!)
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    Re: 1tb hdd suggestions

    i also had a f3 which was fast, very popular and cheap.
    unfortunately did cause some problems after a year where it'd cause blue screen, but i've sent it back and warranty should cover it

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